Fishing is good! We have great water conditions from Grey Reef to Glenrock, with flows still hovering around 500cfs. If your heading to upper Grey Reef, baetis are the featured menu item. RS2 foam-wings, Barr’s emerged, split case BWO, big bear baetis, real deal point fly are a few of the patterns you need to have in your box. Make sure to vary your length/weight depending on the type of water you are in. Also, don’t hesitate to go to the mini-rig when the bugs are popping. If your looking to get out and throw some larger flies, you might want to head to the lower river. Water conditions are primo and water temps are in the 50s. The big fish are fired up! You are hard pressed to beat a rusty or an articulated goldie but as was the case yesterday black was the color. So make sure you have some darker color streamers with you.
Cool and wet this morning! Current water conditions are as follows; clear from Grey Reef Dam to Lusby, muddy at Government Bridge. Flows are sitting at 500cfs and fishing has been good! It’s bug season on Grey Reef, with daily baetis and midge hatches. Our rigs have been pretty straight forward, a reef worm or leech trailed by a PAL/foam-wing RS2/Macgruber or pulsating emerger. Remember to shorten and lighten up when the bugs start popping!
Well folks, as we write this little report it is snowing! Some locations more than others. Casper is currently under about a 10″ blanket of white, while 30 miles to the southwest in Alcova, it might just be a few inches. Currently the Grey Reef stretch of the North Platte is in good shape. For about the past week and a half we have been fortunate to have good water conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, Wyoming. That’s a lot of fishable water! Unfortunately it might be different below Casper when the snow starts melting.
Miracle Mile: 1,526cfs
Fremont Canyon: 72cfs
Grey Reef: 505cfs
Nymphing is currently the name of the game. Leeches, worms, annelids, midges and baetis patterns are top producers. 3-7ft on the rig length, with anything from a single #4 split shot to 3BB’s. We know thats a broad range but when the bugs are popping our guides are fishing light/short and when things quiet down a longer rig is more appropriate.
Another cold front brought more snow and bitter temperatures to Central Wyoming. Fortunately for us, temperatures will start climbing, starting tomorrow. We have definitely shifted into a wet pattern it seems like, which from a snowpack standpoint is a great thing. We will take it, especially in the upper drainage (Walden CO, Encampment WY, Saratoga WY).
Let’s start with a little Grey Reef FLUSH update. Still nothing firm but our resources tell us the Bureau of Reclamation will be performing a gate check at the end of March. That indicates the flush will follow after the gate check is complete. So, if it is to happen, we’d plan on something around the beginning of April and it should be somewhere between 5-10 days in length. As always, if we hear anything we will let everyone know.
As for the fishing, we have started to put a few more boats on the water in the past weeks. Conditions have been good, other than a brief warm-up last week that had the river blown-out at various locations starting upstream of Government Bridge. Obviously this most recent cold front has help with the run-off but locked the lower river back up with ice. As always the upper river from Grey Reef dam to Ledge Creek is clear and fishing well. Nymphs and streamers continue to be the name of the game. For our nymph rigs it’s been a mix of the following…pine squirrel leeches(brown or natural), reef worms, deep purples, mini san juans(red or purple), PALs, rhinestones and/or mayhems. Our rigs have been running between 4-7ft with 1-3 BB split shot. If your looking to strip a streamer, the petunia as been our go-to pattern as of late. With the low winter flows plan on fishing your streamer pattern on a floating, intermediate or very short/light sink-tip. There is no need for a really stout sink-tip or sinking line this time of year.
Well, the arctic blast has officially arrived in Central Wyoming. Overnight lows are expected to dip down around -10 degrees with a projected windchill to -30 degrees. Wow! This is without question the coldest weather of the 21-2022 winter season. With these colder temperatures, we would expect over the next couple of days for Upper Grey Reef to lock up in spots, so make sure to check-in with us if your thinking about floating.
TRFS guide Chris Scholtz was on the water yesterday with anglers, Dave and Nichols. They floated Upper Grey Reef and from the sounds of it, the fishing was pretty spectacular. Not really any bugs to speak of but the fish were more than happy to eat a red or purple san juan, a red or purple reef worm and/or a chocolate leech. 4-6 feet, one AB in the shallower run and two ABs in the deeper stuff. A pretty simple but effective rig we’d say.
First things first, we have not yet heard about the dates for the spring flush on Grey Reef. Historically, it takes place during the last few weeks of March. As soon as we hear something we will let you know.
Well, we are officially into the second week of February and thus far it’s been pretty nice. Other than a lack of snow, we can’t complain. February is a great month to be on the water when the weather plays nice. Yesterday was one of those days for sure. Spent the afternoon poking around and wade fishing various spots on Upper Grey Reef. Nymphs were more or less the way to go in every run we fished. That being said, we did manage at least a few grabs on the streamer in every run as well. You have to remember, water temps are pretty chilly and the fish are not overly aggressive towards the streamer. So, keep the strip nice and slow and with the clear water conditions smaller and natural seemed to be the ticket (i.e. near-nuff sculpin). On the nymphing front, it started with hot-head scuds and ended with reef worms and leeches. Not much for a midge hatch that day so the larger menu items were the way to go! Our rig stayed in that 5-6ft range with 1-2BB split shot.
After a rough December and start to the New Year, we finally got a much needed break in the weather. This past week has brought temps in the high 30s, full sun and very little wind. It’s just about perfect! Grey Reef is open from the dam to Lusby and the stretch from the dam to the Outhouse Hole aka Pete’s Draw is prime for wade fishing right now. With flows at 450cfs and water temps in the low-mid 30s, we have been concentrating on the slower/deeper runs. Annelid’s, pine squirrel leeches and PALs have been our go-to flies. Length and weight have varied but 5-7ft, 1-3 B shot has been mostly where we are living.
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After a very mild and pleasant fall we have rolled into more of our standard winter weather program. Weather and wind. Either we’re getting snow or it’s blowing, that’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Population control for Central Wyoming.
Grey Reef is finally starting to see some icy conditions below Government Bridge. The Upper, as always this time of year, is the place to be. Flows are at 450cfs and clear, with the vegetation becoming less and less by the day. Pine squirrel leeches, PALs, rhinestones, reef worms and small pheasant tails are the bugs of choice. With water temperatures dropping we are definitely concentrating on the lower half of the run and focusing on the deeper tailouts and seams. Thats not to say you can’t find them nosed up to shelf during the afternoon midge hatch but the most overall productive water is going to be the deep stuff.
So how about the Miracle Mile fishing report? Well, with the weather finally shaping up more into its winter pattern the crowds have finally started to subside. Per usual, make sure to check with us our someone else “local” this time of year before you venture that way. Roads can get nasty and the Mile is not the place to get stuck this time of year. While nymphing is always a popular winter program on the Mile, you’ll find most of us headed out there to swing a streamer. Again, with water temperatures hovering slightly above freezing, the slow/deep tailouts are your friend. Intermediate lines and/or a short sink-tip is the way to go. These lines along with a weighted streamer will get you into the lower third of the water column, putting your streamer in front of their faces. For whatever reason you’re hard pressed to beat an articulated goldie or rusty trombone when it comes to swinging the Miracle Mile.
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As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday, it appears we are going to continue on this mild weather pattern as we make our way into December. With day time highs in the 50s and lows above freezing, Grey Reef is open and fishable from Alcova to Glenrock, Wyoming. A little weird but we’ve seen it before. So, how’s the fishing? Pretty darn good. Afternoons are definitely fishing better than the mornings. More bugs and a little warmer water temps in the afternoon. According to General Manager Eric Anderson, a bead pheasant tail in sz. 16 or 18 has been the top bug. Other patterns would be, pine squirrel leeches, reef worms and/or a PAL. He has been sticking between 3-5ft in length and varying his weight run to run. On the streamer front, we have scaled down in size. Mini goldies, twin lakes specials and the old Seth special…the smaller stuff is working better for our crew. The Miracle Mile continues to be a little crowded but for those wanting to head that way, we would suggest swinging a streamer(i.e. kreelex, rusty trombone, peanut envy) in the deeper runs. Well, that’s about it on the fishing front for now. So, if you’re in the area make sure to stop by and see us.
FYI. As we roll into the “off season” our hours have changed a little bit. Current shop hours are as follows, 8am-noon, daily.
We have had a beautiful fall to say the least. Mild temperatures, clear skies and very little wind. It was only matter of time before we had to start seeing some weather…well, because it’s October and we live in Wyoming. Last weeks storm blanketed our area in a nice layer of white, with Casper seeing 14″-18″. As I write this report, we are supposed to see another dose of snow today and tonight. The nice thing about it, it will be sunny and 50F by tomorrow.
With the changing weather, we’ve had a mixed bag of fishing. Foul weather days have been consistently producing some awesome streamer fishing on Grey Reef. Standard fare…rusty trombone’s, goldie’s, and/or black peacock buggers. The calm, high pressure days have still be giving our guides and guests plenty of opportunities at the dry fly game. We are still seeing some tricos in the morning, with psuedos and baetis being the late morning-afternoon program. So if your headed our way make sure you are set up for just about anything. This is the time of year you could throw nymphs, streamers and dries-all in the same day.